Dad runs 102 miles in a day for daughter
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Type 1 diabetes is a disease many live with, and will never know life without. The pancreas stops producing insulin and people with the disease have to constantly check their blood sugar levels for the rest of their lives. It is something that 10-year-old Caroline Welborn has dealt with for 9 of her 10 years on this earth.
"She's had her blood sugar level tested 30 thousand times in her lifetime. It hurts. You want your kids to be normal and healthy. This isn't something you ever want to see" her father Brett Welborn said.
Five times a day, during each meal time Caroline has to stick herself to check her levels and she has to monitor everything that goes in her mouth. "I'd do anything for a cure" says Caroline.
Good for Caroline, her Dad wants a cure as badly as she does. He's not sitting back and waiting for a cure, Brett Welborn is doing the opposite. "She has to check her blood sugar at all times a day. When she was young, instead of going to bed a nine o'clock, I'd go for a run, shower, come home and then check her blood sugar at midnight. I started running and thought that would be the appropriate way to fundraiser."
Welborn has taken that to a whole new level. He started with 5K's, 10K's and marathons. Last week, he outdid himself.
"It's a 24 hour event in North Carolina. I signed up to raise money for the JDRF. I ended up running 102 miles before I quit. It's all mental. It's problem solving, there was chaffing on my waste band to the point of bleeding. What do I do? What do I do with blisters? Most of the time your mind is thinking of problem solving rather than quitting."
His daughter couldn't believe the task her Dad had taken on.
"I thought he was really crazy, I didn't know if he could do it."
It may sound crazy, but it was worth it if for this father if he could find a cure and bring some normalcy to his daughters life.
"I joke that next year I'll do a bake sale or a lemonade stand. You're not going to raise thousands of dollars that way, so better or worse, I'm going to do this every year to raise money."